by Librarians Angela Scott, Hollis Stoltz and Kirk Henley
Originally published by Columbia Daily Tribune .
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To encourage reading for all ages, the Daniel Boone Regional Library is offering our annual Summer Reading  program beginning May 31. This year’s themes are: Little Diggers (ages birth to 5), Dig Into Reading (ages 5 to 12), Beneath the Surface (ages 12 to 18) and Groundbreaking Reads for adults. Come to the library and check out some titles the whole family can dig into.
Start with “Up, Down and Around ” (Candlewick Press, 2007) by Katherine Ayres. Ayers describes a garden that produces different vegetables and fruits, such as corn that grows up, onions that grow down and tomato vines that twine all around.
Get out your shovels and dig into “Tip, Tip, Dig, Dig ” (Boxer, 2007) by Emma Garcia. This book explores the world of earth-moving trucks such as diggers and bulldozers as they are used to clean up a dump and make a playground.
Look into the world of burrowing, tunneling and digging animals with “Underground ” (Beach Lane Books, 2012) by Denise Fleming. While underground, learn the alphabet in a fun, interesting way with Leslie McGuirk’s unique twist of using rocks that resemble each letter in “If Rocks Could Sing ” (Tricycle Press, 2011).
Your dinosaur-loving child will enjoy counting prehistoric creatures and their mothers in the book “Creature Count: A Prehistoric Rhyme ” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012) by Brenda Huante. Have some exciting and interactive fun with experiments that unlock the mystery of rocks with “Smashing Science Projects About Earth’s Rocks and Minerals ” (Enslow Publishers, 2008) by Robert Gardner. Roderick Gordon’s “Tunnels ” series offers adventure to your third- to sixth-grader, as Will and his friend Chester find themselves in a labyrinth-style world underneath London searching for Will’s missing father.
How do you like your worms? Sautéed? Boiled? Fried? Well, find out how Billy likes them by reading a true classic, “How to Eat Fried Worms ” (Franklin Watts, 1973) by Thomas Rockwell. For those who want a little bit of grossness and a lot of hilariousness; not for the faint of heart!
From Suzanne Collins, author of “The Hunger Games ” (Scholastic Press, 2008), comes the “Underland Chronicles ,” a series of books involving the underground quest of Gregor and his sister as they discover his destiny to save the humans from warlike rodents.
Teens can get advice and information on how to deal with what lies beneath their own surfaces with David Pouilloux’s “Do You Wonder Why: How to Answer Life’s Tough Questions ” (Amulet Books, 2012). The author offers reassuring advice on dealing with peer pressure, low self-esteem and much more.
For a true underworld adventure, teens can look into the “Infernal Devices ” series by Cassandra Clare, in which Tessa goes in search of her missing older brother in Victorian-era London’s supernatural underworld.
The space beneath London’s streets is a popular subject for adults, as well. In “London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets ” (Nan A. Talese, 2011), Peter Ackroyd takes us on a historical tour of everything from Roman amphitheaters to the modern subway system. For a more imaginative take on London’s underground, there is Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere ” (Avon Books, 1997). In this work of speculative fiction, a man’s good intentions backfire as he becomes entangled in the political intrigue of London Below, a strange, alternate reality version of the city’s underground.
Moving to a less literal interpretation of our adult theme, there have been some books with truly “groundbreaking” ideas released in the past few years. One of the best books of last year—according to the New York Times, at least—was “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity ” by Andrew Solomon (Scribner, 2012). This heavy tome tells of the struggles and triumphs of parents with exceptional children.
James Gleick’s “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood ” (Pantheon Books, 2011) is another important title. The author takes a look at the history of information use and how the current “Information Age” came to be.
We’ll continue to offer recommendations on groundbreaking books and books about the underground all summer long. Check out the displays at our libraries starting in June, or visit our blogs at kids.dbrl.org , teens.dbrl.org  and next.dbrl.org .